Pete Rowsthorn went on I’m A Celeb because of tax problems


He’s the beloved actor and comedian known Australia wide for his endearing performances.

But Peter Rowsthorn – best known as ‘Pants Man’ Brett Craig on Kath & Kim – hasn’t been seen much on TV in recent years, apparently through no choice of his own.

He re-emerged on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on Sunday, before revealing the sad reality of his tax troubles to Woman’s Day on Tuesday.

'I got behind on my payments': Kath & Kim star Peter Rowsthorn has revealed he was forced to accept a role on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! to 'get his family back on their feet'

'I got behind on my payments': Kath & Kim star Peter Rowsthorn has revealed he was forced to accept a role on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! to 'get his family back on their feet'

‘I got behind on my payments’: Kath & Kim star Peter Rowsthorn has revealed he was forced to accept a role on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! to ‘get his family back on their feet’

Peter, 55, explained it was a ‘whack’ tax bill that motivated his decision to go on Network Ten’s reality show, implying it wasn’t something he’d usually do.

‘You know, we live in a beautiful country and I got behind on my payments. I got sick of staring at the ceiling going, “How am I going to pay it?”‘ he said.

The father-of-four reportedly admitted it was the ‘only way’ he could get his family ‘back on their feet’. 

Where did Peter go? Best known as 'Pants Man' Brett Craig on Kath & Kim, Peter hasn't been seen much on TV in recent years, apparently through no choice of his own

Where did Peter go? Best known as 'Pants Man' Brett Craig on Kath & Kim, Peter hasn't been seen much on TV in recent years, apparently through no choice of his own

Where did Peter go? Best known as ‘Pants Man’ Brett Craig on Kath & Kim, Peter hasn’t been seen much on TV in recent years, apparently through no choice of his own

‘I said to my wife (Gabrielle), “If you can think of a better way, let me know, but I can’t”.’ 

Peter revealed the family lives on a single income, with his devoted wife tied up providing ’round-the-clock’ care for her sick mother. 

He had to convince himself to appear on the show, which tasks celebrities with gruelling challenges, often involving disgusting food and dangerous animals. 

Get me out of here: Peter, 55, explained in an interview this week it was a 'whack' tax bill that spurred his decision to go on the reality show, implying it wasn't something he'd usually do

Get me out of here: Peter, 55, explained in an interview this week it was a 'whack' tax bill that spurred his decision to go on the reality show, implying it wasn't something he'd usually do

Get me out of here: Peter, 55, explained in an interview this week it was a ‘whack’ tax bill that spurred his decision to go on the reality show, implying it wasn’t something he’d usually do

‘If you get kicked off after two weeks it doesn’t really matter, but if you win it, you’ve raised some money for charity, you’ve had an experience, and I’ve paid my tax bill off,’ the funnyman said. 

Peter declined to reveal the extent of his debt, simply stating: ‘(I owe) different amounts from different accounts.’

As well as a reasonably successful stand-up comedy career, Peter became a household name playing the patient husband of Kim (Gina Riley) on Kath & Kim.

Family first: The father-of-four reportedly admitted it was the 'only way' he could get his family 'back on their feet'. Pictured with his family in 2009

Family first: The father-of-four reportedly admitted it was the 'only way' he could get his family 'back on their feet'. Pictured with his family in 2009

Family first: The father-of-four reportedly admitted it was the ‘only way’ he could get his family ‘back on their feet’. Pictured with his family in 2009

Support: 'I said to my wife,  "If you can think of a better way, let me know, but I can't,"' Peter told Woman's Day. Pictured Peter and Gabrielle Rowsthorn in 2012

Support: 'I said to my wife,  "If you can think of a better way, let me know, but I can't,"' Peter told Woman's Day. Pictured Peter and Gabrielle Rowsthorn in 2012

Support: ‘I said to my wife,  “If you can think of a better way, let me know, but I can’t,”‘ Peter told Woman’s Day. Pictured Peter and Gabrielle Rowsthorn in 2012

He was once a regular fixture on shows such as improvised comedy offering Thank God You’re Here – but, in 2018, live comedy formats rarely attract sustainable ratings.

Peter demonstrated his diverse skill set as the host of ABC’s Can We Help?, a factual program driven by viewers in need of assistance, which ran from 2006 to 2011.

It was his last major television role before he entered the South African jungle on Sunday, alongside the likes of Anthony Mundine and Bernard Tomic.

Yesteryear: Peter was once a regular feature on shows such as live improvised comedy offering Thank God You're Here - but, in 2018, live comedy formats rarely attract high ratings

Yesteryear: Peter was once a regular feature on shows such as live improvised comedy offering Thank God You're Here - but, in 2018, live comedy formats rarely attract high ratings

Yesteryear: Peter was once a regular feature on shows such as live improvised comedy offering Thank God You’re Here – but, in 2018, live comedy formats rarely attract high ratings





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